Top 5 ways to make money online as a graphic designer in Nigeria

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Being a graphic designer in Nigeria is an awesome skill, believe that. A graphic designer is a person who is skilled in designing graphics by combining text and pictures with special computer software.

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You can have expertise in creating modern logos, brochures, websites, business cards, 3D designs, etc. In fact, there is no limit to graphic design styles and varieties. In Nigeria, graphics design skills are greatly in demand and there is the freedom to make as much money online depending on how you leverage the skill.

But how do you actually make money ONLINE as a graphic designer and not just physically? Perhaps, you’re already a professional graphic designer in Nigeria and have a few or more clients who patronize you for graphic design services. Or you work in a graphics and printing company as a graphic designer and get paid on a monthly basis. Or you’re in both categories

Yet, whatever category you’re in, there is still a big potential to expand your limits and make more money online as a graphic designer in Nigeria. If you are familiar with the great opportunities the internet can offer to make money online, you’ll understand this is equally straightforward. You simply have to apply yourself and be smart about how you go about maximizing your income.

No doubt, you’re quite familiar with Pinterest, canva, Photoshop, Illustrator, Corel draw and a few others; so you’re one step prepared to make money online as a graphic designer in Nigeria.

It’s reassuring to know that you don’t have to be a badass graphic designer before you can make money online. You just have to be creative. The word “creativity” is an important factor in graphics design. Whether you’re designing a logo, advert, brochure or banner, you have to ensure you create a design that will satisfy your client.

Let’s get to the main part already, shall we?

In this post, I am going to show you some of the best ways to make money online as a graphic designer in Nigeria. So grab a seat and read through.

Basically, to make money online as a graphic designer in Nigeria, you don’t need many requirements. All you need is:

A laptop or computer


Data Subscription

Social media and forum accounts

With only these 3 things, you can earn at least N30,000 monthly.

Top 5 ways to make money online as a graphic designer in Nigeria


Freelancing is one of the best ways to make money online. As I mentioned earlier, graphics design is one of the most abundantly needed services by people looking for freelancers.

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People constantly find freelancers on freelancing website. You can be making good money from freelancing as a graphic designer in Nigeria.

The least you can make per job is $5. Imagine you get an average of 10 jobs daily, you can easily make $50 daily which is approximately 18,000.00. 

And that’s not all.

Not every job will be $5, some big companies use freelancing sites to source for designers and pay as high as $100 to $200 per job.

Freelancing still remains one of the best ways to earn money online.

All you have to do is sign up on a freelancing website like Fiverr, display some of your best works, bid early for jobs before others and get ready to make some cool cash. For a client to seek your services, you must be among the best.

You must not settle for less because when clients see someone whose work is better than yours, even if your price is affordably low, they might still go to that person. Other freelancing sites are freelancer, upwork and many more.

Sell logos online

Oh yes!. Logos are hot cake. Individuals, businesses, companies have a need for it. You can use your leisure time to design as many logos as you wish. Design logos in bulk and sell it online. 

One great place to sell your logo on Designhill. Designhill is a marketplace where the designers come together to create and sell their quality design works like logo design, brochure design, website design, shirt design, stationery design, business card design, banner ad design and various types of custom design. And it’s pretty simple to get started.

Create templates in bulk

You can create templates in bulk and sell them online. You could be making some good money using this method.

Graphicriver is a perfect marketplace for graphic designers to sell their design templates and stock graphics for logos, print design, fonts, web design, icons, Lightroom, business cards, etc.

You will have to create an Envato account to be able to register and login to Graphicriver.

Sell printables and sell them on Etsy


You know those amazing quotes you see on Instagram, Pinterest, Goodreads, and other quotes sites? You can actually create yours and sell them on Etsy.

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Etsy is an online site where you can sell printables, that is, handmade goods and vintage items and make good money as a graphic designer in Nigeria. There are 30 million shoppers registered in Etsy so you don’t need to worry about people buying your printable because they will surely do. 

Some of them sell for $5 and some sell for $1. The buyer will look at the depth of your quote before considering the design. This is one of the easiest ways to make money online as a graphic designer. To start, register on Etsy. 

Design eBook covers

There are many people who engage in information marketing or make money selling ebooks in Nigeria. Every e-book writer has a need for an eye-catching cover for his/her ebooks. Sometimes ebooks are actually judged by the covers. You can contact them (they are mostly bloggers). You can join blogging groups on Facebook to connect and reach out to bloggers. 

Other sources include, Nairaland webmasters forum, and many others. All you need to do is search for a group related to what you do. Or you can use Instagram to boom your business.

It’s very straightforward. Just get their email, phone number or send them a direct message on social media and offer to help them with graphic design for their eBook. If they are presently writing an e-book or planning to write one, you can interest them with your services by showing some of your designs. 

This will give them a good impression of you. If they love it, they will definitely save your contact, patronize you, as well as refer you to a friend. More money, more customers. This is quite a cool way to make money as a graphic designer in Nigeria.


That’s it.. 5 straightforward ways to make money online as a graphic designer in Nigeria.

As a graphic designer, your skill has the potential to earn you a lot of money whether you believe it or not (am sure you’re willing to believe by now). You just have to follow the right path and it starts flowing in.

I’m confident this will work for you, so carry out the actions listed above and in a short while, you’ll be making good money on a daily basis as a graphic designer in Nigeria.

1 thought on “Top 5 ways to make money online as a graphic designer in Nigeria”

  1. Making Money as a graphics designer in Nigeria both in the Physical and Virtual World is easy if you know what you are doing.

    And most don’t really have the skills but they want the money.
    Nice article and I will be expecting more of this from your Site

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